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Painting of Benjamin Franklin reading at desk (White House Historical Association)

On becoming an ‘ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary’

Good foreign relations are vital for every country. Learn about America's first ambassador, Benjamin Franklin, and how someone becomes an ambassador.
Illustration of a girl writing math equations on a blackboard (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

Math and science have no gender

In most countries, boys are more likely than girls to excel in math and science. That is starting to change, thanks to a push by countries and educators.
Painting of soldiers in battle with title 'The Doughboys Make Good' (Library of Congress)

U.S. changed the course of World War I

The U.S. is recalling its pivotal role in the war that had turned Europe into a slaughterhouse and only ended after the Americans joined the fight.
Black-and-white photo of food wagon (Library of Congress)

In a world at war, the U.S. saved millions from starvation

As head of the new U.S. Food Administration, future president Herbert Hoover led the effort to send millions of tons of food to Europe during World War I.
Ship's deck carrying aircraft at sea (DOD/U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael B. Zingaro)

Military members deployed abroad celebrate Independence Day

As American families gather for fireworks and celebrate the U.S. Independence Day, U.S. military personnel deployed overseas celebrate in different ways.
Group of soldiers standing in grass holding weapons and a flag (U.S. Army/Staff Sergeant Brian Kohl)

NATO Allies pay more toward the common defense

NATO European members and Canada have increased their defense spending 4.3 percent in 2017 — to ensure that all nations invest equitably in defense.
Scenic view of Mount McKinley with a tour bus on road in the foreground (Design Pics Inc./Alamy)

Want to see America? Travel firms have packages for every budget.

Tourism is big business in the United States, and the 77 million visitors from other countries in 2016 are a major reason why.
Man working on gas turbine in German factory (© AP Images)

President Trump pushes for more apprenticeships

The president is advocating for more training programs to fill high-salaried, high-tech jobs that don’t require college diplomas.
Ying McGuire (Courtesy of Ying McGuire)

From China to Texas: An executive’s success story

Ying McGuire immigrated to the United States from China to earn a master’s degree and now is vice president of a global technology-solutions company.